Former seamen from the Merchant Navy have been recognised for the bravery they showed during the second world war. They were part of the Arctic Convoy - taking millions of pounds worth of weapons and materials to our Russian allies.
Seventy years on, some North East veterans collected the Arctic Star medal at a ceremony in South Shields. It was a day to remember their courageous comrades who are no longer with us.
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